Some of you may have realised already that I spend a lot of my time on social media. Don’t know if that’s a good thing or bad thing? I always see people get suckered into the next biggest hype on supplements or novelty foods. My prediction is the next biggest thing to hit the market is maple water.
Maple water is a drink that is made from the sap of a maple tree. It is meant to improve hydration and contain a whole range of nutrients including; antioxidants, prebiotics and manganese. Its also conveniently marketed as vegan and gluten free *cough so is water!
It’s meant to improve Thyroid and bone health… and by bone health I assume they mean bone density?
Who would have known that since now the magic powers of maple water have gone undiscovered for so long… just like the miracles of coconut water. I am still waiting for coconut water it to cure the world of all chronic diseases, its been on the market for a good 2-3years it should have taken affect by now right?
One thing I urge consumers to do is use logic when deciding if something is right for you. There are no magic bullets to health, which means coconut water or maple water in the grand scheme of your whole diet, environment and physical activity patterns is not going to do much. Some times you pay premium price for things that don’t even work.
The low down on maple water
For starters there hasn’t been any studies to prove any of the health claims made this is mainly due to the fact the product is so new, one wonders how marketers of the product drew to that conclusion in the first place.
In addition to this hydration isn’t a major health concern in normal day-to-day life. Most people get enough water during normal daily eating and drinking patterns, a few coffees and teas per day, salad, soups, milkshakes, water etc. It is unlikely some one would become dehydrated from working in an air-conditioned office.
It’s a little different if you’re into sports or if you work outside in the heat however, this is where hydration becomes more important. If this is the case you will want to be drinking more than a cup worth of maple water per day, more so 2L of water per day to avoid dehydration. If you are concerned about your hydration status take a pee test.
This involves looking at the colour of your urine and matching it to the chart below. If your urine is dark yellow drink more water, if its close to clear then your fine. Electrolytes are also important, if you are a salty sweater, then you may need to drink electrolytes to aid in hydration. For most people this is on the extreme end of things when your either competition in an endurance race in the heat or doing heavy laborious work outside in the heat for more than 3-4hrs, typically I would say males are more at risk.
Other important point is that if you are eating your recommended 5 serves of veggies and 2 serves of fruit per day I would argue your getting enough nutrients you need.
Do you need to pay $4-5 for over priced flavoured water? In my opinion you’re better off using that money to buy extra veggies or saving for a new pair of sneakers so you can go for a walk. There’s probably more to come with maple water as the marketing train sweeps through and takes social media by storm. I don't blame you if you want to drink it because it tastes good, I'm known to have the occasional coconut water too. But don't expect magical things to happen with your health, that's just plain old marketing spin.